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AETC: a powerful web tool to simulate astronomical images
Author(s): Michela Uslenghi; Renato Falomo; Daniela Fantinel
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Paper Abstract

We present the capabilities of the Advanced Exposure Time Calculator (AETC), a tool, publicly available via web interface (, aimed to simulate astronomical images obtained with any (given) telescope and instrument combination. The tool includes the possibility of providing an accurate modelling of PSF variations in the FoV, a crucial issue for realistic simulations, which makes AETC particularly suitable for simulations of adaptive optics instruments.

To exemplify the AETC capabilities we present a number of simulations for specific science cases, useful for studying the capabilities of next generation AO imaging cameras for Extremely Large Telescopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 August 2016
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9911, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VII, 99112U (10 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233621
Show Author Affiliations
Michela Uslenghi, INAF - IASF Milano (Italy)
Renato Falomo, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Daniela Fantinel, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9911:
Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VII
George Z. Angeli; Philippe Dierickx, Editor(s)

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